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Lemon Balm Seeds

Melissa officinalis
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Lemon Balm is a bushy perennial herb with light green leaves. This aptly named plant has a lemon scent and lemon-mint flavored leaves. It is perfect for use with soups, meats, fish, sauces, and salads.

  • SKU: 142211
Growing Information Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Grow best in
Grows
Best In:
Full sun
Days to germination
Days to
Germination:
14 to 21 days
Water needs
Water
Needs:
Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
Days to maturity
Days to
Maturity:
95 days
Growing height
Growing Height:
60 cm (24")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Herb
  • Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.3
  • Approximate Seed Count: 480-500
  • Characteristics: fragrant | attracts pollinators | container friendly
  • Planting Method: Start Indoors
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Flavor: Related to mint, it has a minty lemony flavor
  • Disease Resistance: deer resistant
  • Tolerance: tolerates poor soils, but not soggy|drought tolerant once established
  • Preparation Ideas: Try adding a few tablespoons of chopped lemon balm leaves to fruit salads for a refreshing lemony flavor.
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Start Lemon Balm seeds indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. Follow the seed depth and spacing guidelines indicated below. Once all danger of frost has passed, seedlings should be hardened off before planting in their growing location. Seedlings should be transplanted according to the plant and row spacing directions below. Regularly monitor your plants and ensure that the soil remains moist, but not soggy while they establish themselves in their new environment.

    Click here to read more information on planning and planting a garden.

  • Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8")
  • Plant Spacing: 45 cm (18")
  • Row Spacing: 45 cm (18")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
Suggestions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
Growing Suggestions:
  • Well-draining soil is necessary as the plant is susceptible to mould, mildew, and leaf spotting in overly saturated soil.
  • Lemon balm prefers full sunlight but can tolerate light shade, with plants grown in partial shade producing larger and more succulent leaves.
  • Removing the flowers of the plant as soon as they appear will make your lemon balm far more controllable and less invasive.
  • Once your lemon balm plant grows to 15-20 cm (6-8 ") tall, you can harvest its leaves. To allow for further growth, avoid taking more than one-third of the plant at a time.
  • It isn't recommended that you fertilize lemon balm, as this can cause the strength of its scent to be reduced.

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